Dick DeVos is a man of action who has always taken the side of the people of Michigan. His work ethic and many talents have allowed him to do what many others have not in the state. He was responsible for the passing of legislation that has supported many low-income families in the state who simply wanted a better education for their children. He has also donated millions of dollars to charitable causes and educational reform through the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation.
Dick DeVos was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and he has continued to work hard for the city in many different ways. In the past, he helped the city by putting a stop to a bad plan that could have costed it some serious money. During the earlier part of the 1990s, Grand Rapids had been considering a plan to build a convention and sports arena near its downtown region. The plan was being revealed to the public when DeVos head about it, and he took action quickly to stop it.
Dick DeVos made many phone calls in an effort to lobby the building of the arena and convention center. In the process, he helped to form a group known as Grand Action. This group is made up of various business leaders from the area, and it continues to help improve the city by supporting the construction of helpful buildings.
In 2006, Dick DeVos wanted to do even more to help out his home state. He decided to run to serve as Michigan’s governor. Unfortunately, he fell short to Jennifer Granholm, the Democrat incumbent. In 2012, he returned to the political scene to support legislation that would make Michigan a right-to-work state. His efforts were successful, and now anyone can gain employment in the state, whether they are in a union or not.
Dick DeVos has often talked about his love for the aviation sector. He is a pilot who has also referred to himself as an aviation geek in the past. Some years back, he took it upon himself to contact the CEO of AirTran to talk him into running nonstop flights out of the Gerald R. Ford International Airport. He was successful, but it wasn’t long after this that AirTran was acquired by Southwest. This meant he would have to convince Southwest to continue service in West Michigan. Instead of simply continuing to offer service in Grand Rapids, Southwest expanded its offerings. The airport has been very successful ever since and recently paid $45 million for upgrades.
Dick DeVos studied at Northwood University where he earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration. He is a co-owner of the Orlando Magic and the founder of The Windquest Group. He continues to do what he feels is best for the city he was born in and the state of Michigan.
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